Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Road Safety Tips for Parents and Children

If you find this useful, please share it with Parents, Teachers and Children of the country to help to save many lives.

· Safety awareness should begin from childhood, as it is difficult to impart awareness to a grown up a human. If safety awareness is imparted at childhood, safety will be a habit. So impart Road Safety and General Safety awareness to your children during childhood itself. Better before the age of Six.
· Video, Computer Games that simulate Racing should discouraged by parents as it will develop racing habit in children.
· Don't allow your children to watch Motor sports especially Racing.
· Cinema, Serials and Advertisements involving Racing, over speed / highly risky riding etc should be watched by children ONLY with Parental Guidance. Tell them about it's dangers when they are small kids.
· Children below a certain age should not be permitted to do cycling in busy roads / roads where heavy vehicles are plying.
· Parents of children residing near busy roads should keep the Gates closed always.
· Do not give cycles and two wheelers until they are mentally mature enough.
· Ensure that children use Helmet while using Two Wheeler
· Back seat riders also should use Helmet.
· If Helmet is not available do not accept the offer for a lift.
· Always fix the Chinstrap of your Helmet. Otherwise it will not help during an accident.
· Ensure that your Helmet is of good quality with ISI mark, Otherwise replace it TODAY.
· Most important method to prevent road accidents is restriction of speed. 90 % of accidents can be avoided by limiting speeds.
· Always maintain safe distance with the vehicle in front.
· Don't let your children to use mobile phones while driving / riding.
· Ask your children to avoid listening to MP3 music while walking / driving / riding on the road.
· Ask your children to avoid FM Radio, iPod etc music while walking / driving / riding on the road.
· When your family is planning a new Car, go for a Yellow / other bright colored one. Avoid the Black colour as far as possible.
· Never drink and drive. Somebody is waiting for you at home.
· Never use mobile phones while driving / riding.
· Avoid long trips during night, as far as possible.
· Insist that your child uses bright colored dresses, if your child is going for an early morning walk or cycling or walking on a road during night or if the lighting is poor or if there is due to mist or some other reason.
· If you are driving at night, get refreshed at regular intervals by having a face wash or by having a cup of Coffee or Tea. Somebody should ensure that you are awake.
· There is a practice of keeping the traffic signals in standby mode during nights and on holidays. It is highly risky, hence be extra cautious at junctions with signal system in standby mode.
· Advertisement boards and other items that may obstruct visibility at junctions, curvatures and other parts of the roads. Hence be cautious about them.
· Restrict speed at known accident prone areas.
· Check up your vehicle regularly and before long journey.
· Old age drivers should checkup their eyes periodically.
· A small pool of water or a hanging branch of tree / rope / cable on roadside can cause accident, as such obstructions will make the pedestrians / drivers to take sudden LATERAL movement and result in accidents. Drivers and Pedestrians should not make sudden lateral movement.
· Teach your children to look behind before making any lateral movement while walking on the road. Let them make it a habit so that they will do it automatically before making any lateral movement.
Small children have a tendency run across or along the roads, all of a sudden on seeing their parents, siblings, friends or relatives etc. Hence small children should be given strict instructions not to do that. Also try to avoid such circumstances on roads as far as possible. For example when children return from school, we should reach the bus stop in advance to pick them home.

You can help save many lives by sharing it with Parents, Teachers and Students.

Hope to hear from you about the stpes taken.

Thanks in advance.


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